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PARIS -Argentina's Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or award for the best player in the world for a record-stretching seventh time on Monday, beating Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to lift soccer's most prestigious trophy yet again. The forward added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015...
BERLIN - German companies' appetite to invest is declining despite the need for measures to transition to a greener economy, according to a DIHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce survey published by German daily Handelsblatt. Only 35 % of industrial companies are planning to inve...
By Tom Hals - A federal judge on Monday blocked in 10 states a Biden administration vaccine requirement, finding the agency that issued the rule mandating healthcare workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus likely exceeded its authority. The ruling by U.S. Dis...
- The all-electric Formula E series provided a first glimpse on Monday of what it said would be the world's most efficient racing car. The third generation (Gen3) car, to be raced from season nine in 2023, was presented to the manufacturers, teams, drivers and sponsors at an even...
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK - Cryptocurrency products and funds posted record inflows in the first 11 months of the year, as institutional investors flocked into the space despite price declines in the last few weeks, data from digital asset manager CoinShares showed on...
By Nancy Lapid - The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Coronavirus reinfections rarely severe Reinfections with the virus that causes COVID-19 are...
HAVANA - Cuba will ratchet up restrictions from Dec. 4 on passengers from certain African countries over concerns about the Omicron coronavirus variant, the country's Communist-run government said on Monday. The World Health Organization said on Monday that the Omicron variant ca...
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO - The United States is enhancing its COVID-19 surveillance to distinguish domestic cases of the Omicron variant from the still-dominant Delta, the head of the association of state-run public health laboratories told on Monday. The new v...
- Brazilian club Flamengo fired coach Renato Gaucho on Monday, two days after they lost the Copa Libertadores final 2-1 to Palmeiras. "Flamengo announce that after conversations between both parties, coach Renato Gaucho is no longer in charge of the first team," the Rio de Janeir...
WASHINGTON - Jailed "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli, his former company Vyera Pharmaceuticals and others asked a judge Monday to find that the company broke no laws in its handling of the drug Daraprim, which saw its price increase by more than 4,000% in one day. The Federal Trade Co...
By Jonathan Landay and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON - The World Bank is finalizing a proposal to deliver up to $500 million from a frozen Afghanistan aid fund to humanitarian agencies, people familiar with the plans told , but it leaves out tens of thousands of public sector workers...
- The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) on Monday urged the government to establish a "winter resilience fund" to support the ailing aviation industry, after some travel curbs were brought back to contain the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. "The latest changes...
By David Shepardson - The White House told federal agencies on Monday they can delay punishing thousands of federal workers who failed to comply with a Nov. 22 COVID-19 vaccination deadline. On Wednesday, the Biden administration said a total of 92% of U.S. federal workers have received at least on...
By Alexandra Valencia QUITO - President Guillermo Lasso renewed a state of emergency throughout Ecuador's prison system on Monday, extending it for 30 days as the country grapples to control jail violence which has left scores of inmates dead. Lasso first imposed a...
- A court in military-ruled Myanmar is due to deliver the first verdicts on Tuesday in nearly a dozen cases against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on trial for offences that carry combined maximum jail sentences of more than 100 years. The popular Nobel Peace Prize laureate led an elected civilia...
MONTREAL - Quebec has discovered its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Canadian province's health minister said on Monday, bringing Canada's total number of cases to three. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé also told reporters at a briefing that 115 travelers c...
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations on Monday urged the Philippines to allow Nobel Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa to travel to Norway next month to accept the award. Ressa https://www..com/world/asia-pacific/nobel-prize-shines-light-dark-time-philippines-ressa-2021-10-08,...
- Twitter Inc on Monday promoted company insider and technology head Parag Agrawal to replace Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey. The social media networking platform joins tech giants Apple, Amazon and Alphabet in tapping a company insider for the top job. Here ar...
- Former England skipper Ray Illingworth, who famously captained the team to an Ashes triumph in Australia in 1970–71, has said he is undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. A combative Yorkshireman who captained England in 31 test matches between 1958 and 1973 and played in...
TBILISI - Supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili scuffled with police and 15 were arrested, the interior ministry said, as he appeared in court on Monday to dispute charges of abusing his office. Ten days after ending a hunger strike, the 53-year-old delivered a defiant speech...
TURIN - Crotia's Borna Gojo produced another shock as he beat Italy's Lorenzo Sonego to give his country the lead in their Davis Cup Finals last-eight clash on Monday. The 23-year-old Gojo, ranked 279th in the world, blocked out the partisan Italian crowd inside the Pala Alpitour...
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA - Hondurans voted on Sunday in presidential, congressional, and local elections in which leftist candidate Xiomara Castro was headed for a landslide win as results rolled in on Monday. Castro, who would be the Central American nation...
PARIS - France registered its biggest jump in coronavirus-related hospital admissions since the spring, health ministry data showed on Monday. The number of patients in intensive care units with COVID-19 jumped by 117 to 1,749 people, the biggest increase since March-April, when...
By Noor Zainab Hussain and Elizabeth Dilts Marshall - Wall Street banks are not immediately changing their U.S. return-to-work plans in response to the new COVID-19 variant, but they are monitoring the situation, they said. The World Health Organization said as more...
PARIS - France is prepared to talk to Britain about migration if it is ready for serious discussions, interior minister Gerald Darmanin said on Monday, as he urged the UK to "limit" its economic attractiveness to migrants. Darmanin also told a news conference that Prime Minister...
- World soccer's governing body FIFA will test its semi-automated offside technology at the Arab Cup 2021 which begins in Qatar on Tuesday, with Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina saying the competition represented its most important trial so far. The technology is based...
By Peter Szekely - On a frigid Chicago night in January 2019, actor Jussie Smollett, a star on the TV drama "Empire," reported that he was the victim of a hate-motivated street attack, but police later accused him of staging the whole affair as a publicity stunt. A jury was being selected on Monday...
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel and her soon-to-be successor Olaf Scholz will hold talks with German state leaders on Tuesday on further measures to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases and the spread of the new Omicron variant, government sources said. The videocall is set to tak...
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden urged Americans to wear masks indoors and in public places, as the administration braces for the new COVID-19 variant Omicron to appear in the country. "Sooner or later we are going to see cases of this new variant here in the United States,...
By Sergio Goncalves LISBON - Portugal, which is gearing up for a snap election on Jan. 30, must take advantage of European Union recovery grants to support growth and resume pre-pandemic reductions of its high debt, Bank of Portugal Governor Mario Centeno warned on Monday....
- Jack Dorsey on Monday stepped down as the chief executive officer of Twitter Inc, the social media firm he helped found in 2006 and steered through a high-profile hack and the controversial banning of former U.S. President Donald Trump. Dorsey, who also helms fintech firm Squar...